Blu-ray, DVD Release: Pieta

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
Price: DVD $27.97, Blu-ray $29.97
Studio: Drafthouse Films

PietaA big winner at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, Pieta is written and directed by the acclaimed Korean filmmaker Ki-duk Kim (Samaritan Girl).

In Pieta, Lee Jung-jin (Wonderful Radio) stars as a loan shark who uses violent methods to collect his debts. His life changes, however, when a mysterious woman (Cho Min-soo) shows up claiming to be his long-lost mother. After at first rejecting her, he accepts the addition to his life and quits his cruel job. But he quickly discovers a dark secret from his past and it might be too late to escapte the consequences from his previous life.

As well as winning four awards at the Venice Film Festival, Pieta won Best Picture trophies at the 2012 Blue Dragon Awards, 2013 Fantasporto Festival and the 2012 Satellite Awards, as well as Best Director nods at the 2012 Dubai International Film Festival and a Jury Award at the South Korea 2012 Grand Bell Awards.

The movie is the film debut of Cho Min-soo, who won Best Actress awards at the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards and South Korea’s Grand Bell Awards in 2012, as well as Favorite Actress at the 2012 Asian Film Awards.

Critics and moviegoers also loved the movie, with Pieta receiving 80% approval from critics and 74% from moviegoers, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

The Blu-ray and DVD come with these special features:

  • commentary with the director and stars
  • featurette “God, Have Mercy On Us,” including interviews with the director and stars
  • “Winning the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice Film Festival”
  • behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • filmography of the director
  • 16-page booklet.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.